LAS VEGAS - Freddie Roach was pleased to see Manny Pacquiao finally studying Floyd Mayweather fight videos; Mayweather said it is not mutual.
The unbeaten American claimed he has not watched a single video of a Pacquiao fight just to drive home how confident he is going to their long-awaited showdown on May 2 (May 3, Manila time) at the MGM Grand Arena.
“What interviews? What videos? (Pacquiao fights?) Aww, never!” Mayweather firmly told Spin.ph.
Mayweather said the only clips he had ever seen of Pacquiao in action were highlights of the Filipino icon’s fourth match with Juan Manuel Marquez, which Pacquiao by the way lost by knockout.
“(I don’t watch his fights) but the Marquez fight, obviously highlights,” he said.
Mayweather said studying fight videos isn’t essential, as he has proven in the past 19 years where he has won 47 successive fights. He added even the best strategies are thrown out the window even in the biggest fights.
“That’s part of the fight game, you have to have a strategy. My strategy is just listen and be smart. We can have a strategy but once we get inside that square circle, it could be something that’s totally different,” Mayweather said.
The former Olympic boxer also said it is premature to compare Pacquiao with his past opponents.
“I’ve never fought him before, so I cannot say he is my toughest opponent. I can rate him after my fight is over,” said the 38-year-old prizefighter.
Asked again if he would go for a knockout, Mayweather had no direct answer.
“I just want to give the fans what they want to see. Excitement. That’s what it is really about - entertainment,” he said while claiming his Mayweather Promotions is the new top dog in boxing promotion, calling it the 'future of sports entertainment.'
“Boxing will live on as long as Mayweather team is involved. We want to do different things. It’s letting fighters winning at the end of their career,” he added.
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